November 27 Newsletter 2020

November 27, 2020 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

St. Laurent Complex opening for public skating

Indoor public skating will be available by reservation at eleven City arenas, starting Tuesday, December 1:

  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex – Orléans
  • CARDELREC Recreation Complex – Goulbourn
  • Fred Barrett Arena
  • Jim Durrell Recreation Centre
  • Manotick Community Centre and Mike O'Neil Arena
  • Navan Memorial Centre
  • Nepean Sportsplex
  • Sandy Hill Arena
  • St-Laurent Complex
  • Erskine Johnston Arena
  • Walter Baker Sports Centre

Skating schedules from December 1 to 18 are available online at Since skating capacity will be limited to 25 skaters on each rink, you can reserve your 50-minute skate time up to two days in advance.

Payment options for the admission fee vary at each arena. Please check for more information.

Children age 10 and under must be accompanied by one parent or guardian – on-ice or as a spectator. There is a maximum of one spectator per participant, with a capacity of 25 spectators total. Use of the player benches are restricted to the skaters only.

Skaters and spectators must also maintain two-metre physical distancing from people outside of their household. While masks are not required on the ice, they must be worn throughout the building. Changerooms will be open but skaters are encouraged to arrive dressed to skate. Access to the arena and changerooms will be allowed 15 minutes prior to and after the skate. Remember, a CSA-certified hockey helmet is required for children aged 10 and under.

Additional arenas will open for the holiday public skating schedule to run from December 19 to January 5. The selected arena locations follow the hub model to concentrate service resumption at key facilities that are geographically distributed across the city and better suited to maintain public health protocols.

Fundraiser for Rideau-Rockcliffe Food Bank

The RPRA is launching its Annual Holidays Fundraising Campaign for the Food Bank at the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre at 815 St Laurent Blvd  The Food Bank serves those in need in Ward 13 (Rideau-Rockcliffe), part of the federal riding of Rideau-Vanier which has the highest rate of child poverty in the city.

We invite you to participate in this campaign through our “Local Food for our Local Food Bank” initiative which supports members of our community and our small businesses.  Both need your help during these difficult times.

Visit this link to donate:

Ottawa Public Health’s new COVID-19 survey and forum questions available on Engage Ottawa

The City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are continuing to explore how best to support residents and businesses as provincial and local COVID-19 restrictions are modified, while aligning with the Province of Ontario’s Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open. We want to hear from you and members of your community.
Phase 4 of the public engagement strategy will be live from today (November 17) until December 15 and will focus on identifying challenges when trying to follow public health COVID-19 recommendations, ideas for safer holiday gatherings and social activities and thoughts about Ottawa Public Health’s COVID-19 communication strategies.

Draft New Official Plan One-pagers and Feedback Forms

The draft New Official Plan is a complex document. In order to facilitate your feedback, we have created a series of one-pagers on the key topics we heard in our engagements so far.

There are twenty-two of these documents providing a brief overview of the New Official Plan proposed policies. You can select the topics of interest to you or go through them all.

A link is also provided below each one-pager, taking you to a tailored feedback form. This allows you to give feedback directly on this area of interest.

If you have any questions or would like to provide general comments, you can always do so through [email protected].

We understand there are many one-pagers and feedback forms. You will have until February 17, 2021 to complete these. Please feel free to take time to go through these at your own pace.

For a high level introduction to what is new in the draft New Official Plan, please start with our Introduction one-pager.
COVID-19 Survey

Please share your thoughts with us through a new survey and forum questions available on Engage Ottawa in English or Participons Ottawa in French:
What We Heard Reports from our phase 1, 2 and 3 surveys are available here:
Phase 1
Phase 2
Phase 3:

Browse the winter recreation and arts eGuides on November 30 and register on December 7

Stay active this winter and register for one or more City of Ottawa COVID-modified winter recreation and arts activities, starting on Monday, December 7 at 9 pm. In advance, browse our winter eGuides, which go online Monday, November 30, and discover our selection of recreation and arts activities.

Winter programming will include:

  • Cross-country and skate-ski lessons for all ages and skill levels, including beginners, at the Terry Fox Athletic Centre, located at Mooney’s Bay.
  • Pottery, dance, digital arts, visual arts, multi-media, and music classes at the City’s three arts centres: Nepean Creative Arts Centre, Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Shenkman Arts Centre.
  • PA and winter break day camps for school-aged children between the ages of 4 and 12, featuring crafts, games and other social activities.
  • Low-ratio inclusive recreation, PA days and winter break camp programs for children, youth and adults with disabilities.
  • French instruction dance classes, PA days and winter break camp programs for pre-school and school-aged children.

Remember, registration for the City’s aquatics programs starts on Tuesday, December 1 at 9 pm. Visit to explore our aquatic offerings and to register.

Staying active is important to you and your family’s physical, social and mental well-being. The City is currently developing more winter activities for you and your family that include virtual and outdoor fun. Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks.

SHINE: Youth Arts Microgrants
Apply today! Application deadline is November 30, 2020.

Let your artistic talents shine bright this winter. Apply for a Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) youth arts microgrant to help bring your ideas to life. The call for proposals is now available. The art projects should be completed by April 30, 2021.
This grant is to support artists aged 12-25. Lead applicants must be 18 years old or older. Community agencies supporting youth artists are also welcome to apply.
For more information about funding, please visit  for the program guidelines and application form. 

Traffic Impacts

Montreal Road – Montreal Road will close in both directions under Highway 174 from 8 pm on Friday, December until 5 am on Monday, December 7 for Stage 2 LRT work.

Highway 174 – The eastbound Highway 174 on-ramp from northbound Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard will be closed from 10 pm on Monday, November 30 until 5 am on Tuesday, December 1. As well, the following Highway 174 ramps will close from 10 pm on Friday, November 27 until 5 am on Saturday, November 28 for Stage 2 LRT roadwork:

  • The westbound Blair Road off-ramp
  • The westbound on-ramp from southbound Montreal Road
  • The eastbound on-ramp from southbound Montreal Road
  • The eastbound on-ramp from northbound Montreal Road
  • The westbound on-ramp from southbound Champlain Street



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